Smoothies and juices have become the new ‘in thing’, haven’t they? Everywhere you look there are success stories of people losing weight or becoming healthier. Just by drinking fruit and vegetables. Of course, there still needs to be a lot of research done into whether this truly as healthy as people make it out to be. However, I can see the benefits in getting plenty of fruit and vegetables. For all you smoothie lovers and juicing addicts, here are my top tips.
Don’t Rely Solely on Juice
I know there are lots of books and websites out there, telling you that it’s a great detox or diet. However, only drinking juices and smoothies can be dangerous for your health. After all, you’re not getting any of the other important aspects of a balanced diet. What about your carbs and protein?! Plus, many of the smoothies and juices are packed full of sugar. Although it’s naturally occurring sugar, it’s still far too much for one person to be consuming on a daily basis. It’s good to have a few smoothies or juices a week but don’t go overboard. Surely you’ll miss chowing down on good food too?
Get the Right Equipment
If you start throwing celery and spinach into any old blender, you’re going to encounter a few problems. Namely, a broken blender. It’s a good idea to invest in the right equipment if you want to make smoothies and juices. There are some which have been designed specifically for this type of thing. If you read all about the Vitamix 7500 vs 750, then you’ll see what I mean. Go for the blender that has been designed with smoothies and juices in mind. This way you won’t end up having to replace it every couple of weeks.
If you want to get the most out of smoothies and juices, then you’re going to want to go fresh. Don’t buy prepackaged versions of what you can make at home. Most of these include a whole load of sugars and flavourings. As you’ve probably guessed, I love to make all my own meals. This means that if I were ever to go down this route, I’d have to make everything fresh. It actually works out a lot cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables to make up juices than it does to buy them in a carton. Especially as you can make a whole load in advance. Most recipes are freezable, so if you don’t have time then make a big batch at the beginning of the week. Freeze to lock in all the goodness and leave out to defrost the night before.
There are so many juicing and smoothie recipes out there; it can seem like a bit of a minefield. My advice is simply to start playing around with different ingredients yourself. Take a recipe and experiment with it. What fruits and veggies do you like the most? Try blending them up and see how it comes out. You may have just invented an entirely new flavour!
I still think I’d rather have a bacon burger than a green smoothie, but I can see the appeal. Getting lots of fruit and vegetables into your diet is crucial, too. If you’re going to go down this route, then make sure you follow my advice to get the most out of your new lifestyle.